Jan. 11, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Jayhawk Challenge and Friday evening turned into what many would consider a dual meet with the K-State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks battling it out on the track in head-to-head finishes throughout much of the track meet. K-State came away with eight wins, three for the women and five for the men’s squad. The Wildcats posted a number of second-place finishes as well to close out a good day at the track.
The Wildcats saw a pair of strong jumps from the women’s team with freshman Alyssa Kelly and senior Richelle Farley tying for second place in the long jump at 5.69 meters (18-08.00). It was Kelly’s first long jump competition as a Wildcat and the mark was just five centimeters short of Farley’s personal best.
Farley continued her impressive day as she won the women’s 60 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.51 seconds. It was a new personal record for her and ties her with Mairead Murphy for third in school history.
In the men’s hurdles, Tarique Hill took first place, making it a sweep for the Wildcats on the day. He crossed the line in 8.11 seconds.
In one of the tightest races of the day, freshman Sonia Gaskin was up against a Big 12 champion and Olympic gold medalist in KU’s Diamond Dixon. Gaskin led the 600 yard run for much of the race, but the 400 meter specialist caught her down the final stretch for the win. Gaskin crossed the line in 1:22.83, just 0.14 behind Dixon, and now ranks 10th in school history. Dixon won a gold medal for Team USA this summer running a leg of the 4x400 relay during preliminaries.
Continuing K-State’s success in mid-distance events was the tandem of Kyle Hanson and Logan Smith. The pair crossed the line first and second, respectively, with Hanson clocking 1:55.06. Smith finished close behind at 1:55.74 after Hanson kicked heading into the final turn to claim the lead.
Some of the day’s best performances came in the final two running events as the Wildcats closed the day with strong showings in the women’s distance medley relay and both 4x400 relays.
The tandem of Erika Schiller, Angela Hart, Mary Frances Donnelly and Martina Tresch dominated the DMR with their time of 11:59.47 to win by nearly a full minute.
In the women’s 4x400 a group of freshman went up against one of the top teams in the nation and battled. The Wildcats led the whole way until the handoff for the anchor leg. Then, Gaskin and Dixon battled again with Gaskin holding steady approximately two meters behind Dixon the whole two laps. The women’s time of 3:45.23 ranks 10th in school history as well. It also ranks eighth in the nation this season.
The men’s group of Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye, Jay-J Parks, Grant Loescher and Chris Campbell pulled away over the final two legs to get the victory. K-State crossed the line in 3:16.40 to just miss cracking the school’s top 10 list. That time ranks 16th in the nation so far this season heading into a busy weekend of meets and was just a few hundredths off their time from the KSU All-Comers in December.
Tresch made her return to the track after redshirting last season with a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters. She clocked in at 9:47.91 finishing behind former Jayhawk Rebeka Stowe. Schiller posted a new PR in the event finishing in third place with her time of 10:03.65. Schiller shaved just over five seconds off her fastest time.
Another Wildcat battled in a close race with Stowe later in the meet as freshman Donnelly almost defeated the former Big 12 champion. Donnelly crossed the finish line in 5:01.39 and was just 1.29 seconds behind Stowe.
K-State newcomer and junior college national champion Zack Riley made his debut for the Wildcats in the high jump and came away with a victory. Riley cleared 2.20 meters (7-02.50) to tie for 10th in school history. He also came up just shy of breaking the Anschutz Pavilion facility record attempting 2.23 meters (7-03.75) and just clipped the bar.
“I thought both relays ran well considering we are just coming off break and between the men and women we ran seven freshman,” K-State head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “Zack jumped very well in his first meet with us, and it was great to see Martina back in uniform again. I also thought Tarique and Richelle hurdled well.”
Jessica Carter opened the day for the Wildcats with a victory in the women’s weight throw with her throw of 17.11 meters (56-01.75). She moved into the lead on her fourth toss and improved on her lead on her final throw of the competition. Senior Ammina AgBoga took third for the Wildcats and redshirt freshman Dani Winters came in fifth. For the men’s team, Alex Roe took third place.
Later in the day during throwing events, Winters finished second in the shot put while Ryan Hershberger won the men’s shot. Hershberger had a toss of 16.50 meters (54-01.75) for the win.
Sophomore high jumper and combined events specialist Joslyn Barnes finished fourth in the high jump as she cleared 1.64 meters (5-4.50) to finish in a tie for third place. Junior Brooke Sharp tied for fifth place.
K-State returns to action next Saturday when the team hosts the Wildcat Invitational on January 19. The meet will be scored as a triple dual meet with Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UMKC and is set to start at 11 a.m. at Ahearn Field House.
K-State Marks of Significance
1: Richelle Farley, 8.51 PR – tied 3rd school history
1: Tarique Hill, 8.11
2: Jasmine Gibbs, 7.45
2: Carlos Rodriguez, 6.75
4: Grant Loescher, 6.98
7: Magnus Scott, 7.01 PR
2: Mary Frances Donnelly, 5:01.39
2: Sonia Gaskin, 1:22.83 PR – 10th school history
1: Kyle Hanson, 1:55.06
2: Logan Smith, 1:55.74
2: Martina Tresch, 9:47.91
3: Erika Schiller, 10:03.65 PR
1: 11:59.47 – Schiller, Hart, Donnelly, Tresch
2: 3:45.23 – Gamble, Williams, Matthews, Gaskin: 10th school history
(8th in NCAA this season)
1: 3:16.40 – Otuonye, Parks, Loescher, Campbell
Men’s High Jump
1: Zack Riley, 2.20m (7-02.50) – tied 10th school history
1: Ryan Hershberger, 16.50m (54-01.75)
2: Dani Winters, 14.33m (47-00.25)
Women’s Weight Throw
1: Jessica Carter, 17.11m (56-01.50)